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Steps to Becoming a Nurse

By Edited Mar 9, 2014 0 0

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If you want to become a nurse, you must first complete the necessary education and training. When you become a nurse, the basic requirements are very large. They include being up to date on modern medical procedures and modern technology, as the medical field often changes. One manner in which this is done is through the National Council Learning Extension NCLEX-RN. This is an examination which every state uses in order to license registered nurses.  This basic test is perfect for nurses to stay up to date on medical standards, physical human structure, administration, as well as personal qualifications. By doing this, nurses of all types can ensure that they are positively contribute to the medical workforce. After passing this exam, a nurse is ready to act as a registered nurse. The role of nurses has shifted from that of an observer and medication handler to coordinator and organizer of medical health plans and health information.

Registered Nurse                          

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Registered nurses are one part of the health care team whose roles are helping answer questions of patients and their families while also administering more remedial tasks such as injections, taking blood, taking x-rays, etc…

Licensed Nurse

Another role is that of a Licensed Practical Nurse. Their role is working underneath that of a registered nurse, doing many of the same remedial tasks, also answering to a nurse manager.

Nurse Manager

Nurse Manager

A nurse manager is the person who has the highest education levels of nurses, working as a manager for an entire team of nurses at any given point. Their role includes many managerial items, and in order to become a nurse at this level, it requires a master’s degree. When you become a Nurse Manager, you will be part of a particularly useful member of a health care team whose education expounds upon the basic requirements for a registered nurse. This role requires that those in it take additional schooling for qualification above that of a Registered Nurse. To be a Nurse Manager, one must typically complete a Masters in Science of Nursing Degree. The role of a Nurse Manager is often considered one of great responsibility, power, and prestige. Their role oversees all other working nurses. They must be punctual at all times, and reliable when overseeing large groups of people. Being a Nurse Manager is allegedly one of the most high stress jobs in the medical field.

Nurse Technician

Nurse Technician

Another medical role is that of techs. These are professional nursing assistants who have been state tested to help in clinical settings. Their roles encompass “housekeeping” measures, ensuring that all things are prepared as necessary for procedures and also making patients comfortable. There is no degree required to become a nurse for this role, but it is crucial that those who have it are able to communicate effectively and possess advanced critical thinking skills so that they can ensure there is a healthy work environment for the other healthcare workers as well as patients.

Boundaries of a Nurse

There are boundaries if you become a nurse, of course, particularly in terms of advising clients. When you become a nurse you are not allowed to tell a client which treatment is necessary, nor can they push any type of treatment. The decisions pertaining to what to do about a condition is left entirely up to the client, removing any need for a nurse to tell a patient which measure is best. There are other limitations for those who want to work in the nursing field but are unable to become a registered nurse. If you attend a tech school, you can obtain a Licensed Practical Nurse degree. This means that a LPN only has the bare minimum in terms of nursing credentials, and they work under the RN as well as the nurse manager.

Summary

Nurse in Action

There are many positions within the field of nursing. The nurses must act as educators. Their role is not to just to educate the clients, but to educate other employees. No matter the role, however, nurses are to be there for patients, families, and coworkers as compassionate educators and caregivers, while striving to ensure safe and comforting environments for both professionals and clients.

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